A Guide to Good Corn, c. 1908

As we begin to say goodbye to the longer days of summer, we thought it a good opportunity to look back at UMD’s agricultural heritage and a guide to one of summer’s staples, corn.

Prior to becoming the University of Maryland in 1920, Maryland Agricultural College leadership worked diligently to promote and study the crops of Maryland, and corn received its share of attention.  Indeed, corn was one of the focuses of an agricultural exhibit staged by the state (with the participation of the college) at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair.

In the image below, you see a guide to selecting good corn, written by MAC and UMD agriculture professor W.T.L. Taliaferro, and published in the state’s Farmer’s Institute programs for 1908-1909.

"Expert Criticism of Ear, 1908-1909." UMD Special Collections and University Archives, Farmers Institute publications, UPUB F10.
“Expert Criticism of Ear, 1908-1909.” UMD Special Collections and University Archives, Farmers Institute publications, UPUB F10.

Taliaferro ably served the university for 45 years, retiring only when a new state law forced him to at the age of 80 in 1937.  Taliaferro is pictured below with Agriculture Department Chair and former MAC president Harry J. Patterson, who also fell subject to the same mandatory retirement law that year.  Taliaferro passed away in College Park in 1941 at the age of 84.

UMD Agriculture Department Faculty, 1936. 1936 Reveille yearbook, page 42.
UMD Agriculture Department Faculty, 1936. 1936 Reveille yearbook, page 42.
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